THE BIG REVIEW
in to follow the election night results as they did four years ago. In 2008, some 38.1 million tuned in on broadcast channels; this year, it was 37.1 million viewers.
NBC won among the broadcast channels with 12.6 million viewers, followed by ABC (11.1 million), CBS (8.4 million) and Fox (5 million).
On cable, CNN proved the victor, garnering 8.8 million viewers, barely edging out Fox News with 8.7 million viewers. In third place: MSNBC, with 4.6 million. Leisure reading, perhaps. The legal and lobbyist enclave at Patton Boggs has assembled 50 attorneys and policy specialists for postelection analysis, ultimately titled “A Narrowly Divided Electorate Has Spoken: How Will the President and the Congress Respond?” It’s free to read and/or download here: http://bit.ly/QoPLnk
The big-shot thinkers address the federal budget and sequestration, of course, plus 15 other topics that range from tax policy and health care to homeland security and government contracts. Of note: The 121-page analysis begins with the phrase “considering that great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities,” gleaned from a letter sent by Thomas Jefferson to Gen. Thaddeus Kosciusko, on May 2, 1808. the agenda of the Republican Party. The takeover of the GOP by conservatives has been a 100-year long battle,” he continues. But look out. “The Democrats will now be dealing with a newly energized Republican Party which will insist on the reduction of the size of government and an increase in liberty,” Mr. Viguerie concludes.
A conservative armada gathered at the National Press Club Nov. 7 to train its guns on the election. On hand for some straight shooting: the aforementioned Mr. Viguerie, chairman, ConservativeHQ. com; Media Research Center president Brent Bozell, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist and Paul Revere Project president and book publisher Al Regnery.